Weekly Prayer

Let us Pray...

Although we have now opened for Sunday worship, our Tuesday morning  prayer meeting remains suspended.

If you would like to find out more about praying, see christianity.org.uk 


 

Please click here for the October Prayer Diary

 

3rd October 2020

Holy Creator, who gives creation as a graceful gift and donates life to all within it,
who holds creation in care and love, and not with domination,
who creates each second from nothing and impregnates it with grace,
grant that we may see the holiness of each moment and respond to it in love.
As creation hints at your goodness and beauty,
let us glimpse you beyond it;
let us live in thanks and be as holy custodians of all you have given.
Amen.

Kerry Tankard, Yorkshire West District Chair

 

26th September 2020

This earth, a delicate sphere filled with light and life, all of it yours; a home and safe haven, where life may grow and flourish, all of it yours; a place where rains fall, lightning strikes and the sun shines, all of it yours. This earth, all of it amazing, all lovingly created and all of it yours. We offer you our love, Lord God, and all of it is yours.

Amen.

Loraine Mellor, Nottingham and Derby District Chair

 

 

19th September 2020

God of grace and love, embodied in time and space, we glimpse your glory in the living Word of Christ and the dancing fire of your Spirit. In the light of your presence you call us to open our eyes to the gift of your good creation and to take delight in all that you have made; may we be truly thankful, truly happy and truly responsible as we step lightly upon the hallowed earth. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen. 

Julian Pursehouse, East Anglia District Chair

 

12th September 2020

Almighty God, you are present in all places, town and county, this is your world; help us to be mindful of all you have given us to care for.
Help us to show our discipleship by recycling and reusing whenever we can.
Please God, we want recycling in our own lives: may we experience the renewing grace of your Son and the rejuvenation of your Holy Spirit and may gifts and virtues that have become tired or overlooked be reused.
O God, renew our faith and holiness that we may be refreshed, blessed and transformed into the Christians you want us to be.

Amen. 

Steven Wild, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly District Chair

 

5th September 2020

Heavenly Father,

We bring to you all those struggling with their mental health just now.

We pray:

For everyone who is smiling, when inside they’re in pain.

For everyone who is saying they’re fine, when inside they feel drained and empty.

For everyone struggling with fear and worry as the easing of the lockdown brings new anxieties.

Be with them in their suffering, as so much of their world has been stripped back and emptied.

When loved family and friends have been taken by illness, 

Or made distant by lockdown.

Pour your healing balm into their pain and sadness.

May you walk with them besides still waters 

May you speak to them in a still small voice.

May you heal them, and fill them, and bless them with your abundant love and fullness of life.

And may they know that they are loved by you for the beautiful unique person that they are, created in the image of their heavenly creator and loving Lord.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

 

 

25th July

God who reaches out to us in love, cascading grace to all creation, may we be disciples who respond to your overwhelming, unconditional, unbounded presence.
May we each respond to your invitation to share in your mission with all our heart, will, mind and strength.
May we respond to your Spirit who calls us to reimagine our communities in the light of your grace.
And may the gospel enliven our spirits to see possibilities, to grasp opportunities and to travel in the way of Jesus.

Amen

Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair

 

18th July

Protecting God,
when we fall, you quietly pick us up;
when we fear, you gently hold on to us;
when the future looks bleak, you nudge us onwards,
until at last we find ourselves
in the place you would have us be.

Amen

Bruce Thompson, Lincolnshire District Chair

 

11th July

Sovereign God, you are our light and our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever. We thank you for the Cross and the wonder of Christ’s love for us: he is the light of the world. Anoint us with your Spirit as you call us into your marvellous light. May our lives bear witness to your truth and our lips proclaim your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Steven Wild, Cornwall District Chair

 

4th July

Let your outstretched arm, O Lord, be our defence; your mercy and loving kindness in Jesus Christ, our salvation and the grace of your life-giving Spirit, our strength; now and for ever.

Amen.

John Knox, Book of Common Order, 1564

 

27th June

Eternal beauty, who came in Christ and is present by your Spirit, we praise you for the love that birthed creation and thank you that we can never exhaust the goodness of your gifts. Enable us to hear your call and to respond to your prompting, that our hands may be the hands of your Son, Jesus Christ, and our lives become a perfect offering through your blessed Spirit.

May we flourish with your creation as we work with your grace for the good of all you have made. Amen.

Kerry Tankard, Yorkshire West District Chair

 

20th June

God, your love – gentle, immense, unconditional – arcs a rainbow of grace to shelter us all and creates a space of belonging and healing.

Your love – grounded in reality, accustomed to suffering – welcomes the excluded, tends hidden bruises, binds wounds and remakes lives and community.

God, may the astonishing truth of your love, your wide span of hope, dawn afresh in our hearts and turn us inside out as we act on your call to share your compassion.

Renew our faith and courage that we may live as people transformed by the gospel and inspired by the limitless horizons of your Spirit.

Amen.

Louise Gough, presbyter, Bramhall and Wythenshawe Circuit

 

13th June

Let the door of our heart be open to receive, O Christ; the soul of our being unlocked, to welcome you; and the gate of our life flung wide, for your entering in.

Amen.

Ambrose of Milan (c.340-397)

 

6th June

Gracious God, whose loving kindness has no limits, teach us afresh the way of Christ.
Where we have felt discouraged, renew us through signs of hope;
where we have been tempted to give up, grant us strength and faith to face the day;
where we have grown anxious about the future, give us courage to plant the seeds of tomorrow in acts of radical love today.
Renew us by your Spirit and set us free to serve you so that the whole of creation may rejoice in your name. Amen.

Richard Andrew, Darlington District Chair

 

30th May

God who reaches out to us in love, cascading grace to all creation, may we be disciples who respond to your overwhelming, unconditional, unbounded presence.
May we each respond to your invitation to share in your mission with all our heart, will, mind and strength.
May we respond to your Spirit who calls us to reimagine our communities in the light of your grace.
And may the gospel enliven our spirits to see possibilities, to grasp opportunities and to travel in the way of Jesus.

Amen.

Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair

 

23rd May

Lord our God, may each of us in our calling be faithful in our discipleship and loving in our encounters with your children. Help us to talk of you passionately and meaningfully and awaken us to every opportunity to share your good news. We ask for your blessing as we work to bring about your kingdom. Amen.

Loraine Mellor, Nottingham and Derby District Chair

 

16th May

Lord, our response to the gospel has not always been what you would like it to be. Forgive us we pray, and as we rejoice in our own experience of accepting the gospel message, give us a renewed understanding of what the gospel message truly is, an adventurous spirit as we try to share it effectively, courage and love as we engage with those who need to hear and experience it, and the satisfaction of a job well done as more and more people come to know, trust, love and serve you, the source and end of the gospel.

Amen.

Sam McGuffin, President, Methodist Church in Ireland

 

9th May

Lord, you are a covenant God. Let us always remember that when we must make decisions, for ourselves or for our communities, you are central and always faithful. May we never shun you or forget your covenant with us but look for your eternal wisdom and guidance. Amen.

Margaret Fancy, North Lancashire Circuit (Inspired by Deuteronomy 31:8)

 

From the Service prepared for 3rd May

Lord God, loving and gracious Father, I marvel at the wonder of your love for me. The vastness and the beauty of your creation tell me of your greatness. But they can also make me feel so small and insignificant in ‘the grand scheme of things,’ that it seems astonishing that you should take any notice of me. But so often in Scripture you used the picture of a shepherd to explain to those who – like me, at times – are slow to catch on or are dull of understanding. The love and the care flow from you, because that is the God you are. I don’t have to strive to earn your love. I don’t have to attract your attention. While the world’s news is dominated by statistics and people’s suffering expressed only in numbers, remind me that you notice that one lost sheep, you count the hairs on my head as well as the stars in the heavens. Easter Day is passed, but Jesus is still alive. You raised him from the dead, because his death had completed the work of redemption. As he died to rescue me from sin, so may his risen life empower mine, to live and work to your praise and glory. I ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen

2nd May

We praise you, O God, source of all being, eternal word and Holy Spirit; in wisdom you have brought forth the vibrancy of creation, in mercy you have called your people into the pilgrimage of faith, in weakness you have revealed the power of the gospel and in your providence you have raised up your servant Church; and so with all who long to fulfil your will, we pray that we may see your glory, hear your voice, obey your call and carry on our bodies the wounds of those faithful to your sending.

Amen

Norman Wallwork, Chair, Prayer Handbook Committee

25th April

Gracious God, in a world where corruption, deceit, suspicion and ‘fake news’ regularly fill the headlines, we are full of gratitude for the gospel of Christ, which brings light, hope, truth and ‘good news’ into our lives.

May the confidence that we have new life in Christ make a difference to how we respond to the people and circumstances we encounter, so that our words and actions become ‘good news’ for others. In the name of Christ,

Amen.

Gill Newton, Sheffield District Chair

 

 

A prayer for when you can’t go to a funeral

 

Dear God, 
Thank you for xxxx, for all that they meant to me and others. 
I so wanted to say goodbye, to be alongside my friends and family.
Help me to know you are there, 
Holding all my hopes, 
Holding all those I love, especially xxxx
And holding me this day. 
Be close this day with your peace and hope.
Amen. 

 

19th April - Sunday's Prayers (from the Service available on the home page)

Lord, I come to you with my hang-ups, with my questions, and – yes – my doubts. I envy those with a simple faith and a cast-iron certainty; but I’m not made like that. Your gentle grace towards Thomas gives me hope that there is room for me. Grant me the courage to venture a little further, a little deeper. I dare not ask the courage to do great things, but to play my part faithfully and lovingly. I pray for those people working under enormous stress at present, keeping the Health Service functioning, maintaining the emergency services, getting food and other essential supplies where they are needed. I pray for the testers in the laboratories, and the researchers trying to find cures and vaccinations. I pray for those not able to go to work; some have health problems; some have no work to go to; some find their normal work has dried up; some have jobs that have little use in the present circumstances. May they know that their worth is not measured by what they do, but the people they are. I pray for those who are finding life difficult; for those who are ill, whether with the virus or other causes and for those who care for them; for those who are anxious or depressed, and cannot get help; for those who long for company but are isolated; for those whose hearts ache in bereavement. I pray for the people I love to worship with, who I missed at Easter. May they be filled with joy, as well as faith and love. Hasten the day when we can meet together again, not just with each other, but with the risen Jesus in our midst. We ask these and all our prayers in his name,

Amen.

 

The Collect for the Sunday after Easter:

Faithful God, the strength of all who believe and the hope of those who doubt; may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 

 

18th April

Gracious God, whose loving kindness has no limits, teach us afresh the way of Christ.
Where we have felt discouraged, renew us through signs of hope;
where we have been tempted to give up, grant us strength and faith to face the day;
where we have grown anxious about the future, give us courage to plant the seeds of tomorrow in acts of radical love today.
Renew us by your Spirit and set us free to serve you so that the whole of creation may rejoice in your name.

Amen.

Richard Andrew, Darlington District Chair

11th April

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through Him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

4th April

Loving God, 
Life is so strange just now – I don’t know what to do.
Comfort me with your presence, 
Be with all who grieve
And give us strength and courage to face this and all the days ahead.
Amen. 

https://www.churchofengland.org

 

Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.

By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer.

Amen

By the Rev. John G. Hamilton, FPC, Rochelle, Ill.

 

28th March

Loving God

If we are ill, strengthen us

If we are tired

Fortify our spirits

If we are anxious

Help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders!

Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves

Fix our eyes on your story

And our hearts on your grace

Help us always to hold fast to the good and see the good in others.

And remember there is just one world, one hope,

One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,

The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,

In whom we trust, these days and all days.

Amen

 

21st March

O consuming fire, O Spirit of love, descend into our hearts and there transform us until we are fire of your fire, love of your love, and Christ himself is formed within us.

Amen.

Elizabeth of Schönau (1129-1164)

 

14th March

O Lord whose mercy reaches to the heavens, whose faithfulness knows no end; let the greatness of your love be known to us, that we may worship you with wonder, joy and thanksgiving.

Amen

From New Every Morning

 

7th March

We praise you, O God, source of all being, eternal word and Holy Spirit; in wisdom you have brought forth the vibrancy of creation, in mercy you have called your people into the pilgrimage of faith, in weakness you have revealed the power of the gospel and in your providence you have raised up your servant Church; and so with all who long to fulfil your will, we pray that we may see your glory, hear your voice, obey your call and carry on our bodies the wounds of those faithful to your sending.

Amen

Norman Wallwork, Chair, Prayer Handbook Committee

 

29th February 

Everlasting God, who calls us to be the Body of Christ, we pray for those who hear and respond to your gospel:

with their minds, that they grow in understanding;
with their hearts, that they remain strong in you;
with their lips that they sing and speak your love and praise;
with their hands, that they serve faithfully;
with their feet, that they continue to journey with you.

May all our being be totally committed to you and all that you offer through the life, death and resurrection of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

Graham Thompson, Plymouth and Exeter District Chair

 

22nd February

A prayer for communities affected by flooding

For people battered by forceful storms
For communities battling rising floods
For emergency services stretched to the limit
We pray 

For farmers losing straw and crops
For shopkeepers losing high street  trade 
For repeat victims losing strength and hope 
We pray

For resilience and resolve to change
For impatience with using flood plains
For commitment to protect riverbanks and coasts
We pray

In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

 

The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

 

15th February

Grant, O God, that we may be united to you and to our
neighbour with an undivided love; serve you and your children
with an undivided heart and reverence you and your creation
with an undivided will; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

John Scotus Erigena (c.810-877)

 

8th February

God of creation, we give you thanks for your transforming power and your gift of love in Jesus.
Speak to us and fill your Church with the power of your Spirit.
Enable us to see beyond the confines of our own desires, equip us to live lives of faith in this changing world, establish within us a desire for justice and mercy and enrich our lives,
that in city, town, or village we may delight in you.
Wherever you call us to be your people may we recognise the possibilities of your kingdom, tread boldly as we carry the gospel and love others as you have commanded.

Amen.

Steve Bennett, Deputy Chair, Bristol District

 

 

1st February 

God who reaches out to us in love, cascading grace to all creation, may we be disciples who respond to your overwhelming, unconditional, unbounded presence.
May we each respond to your invitation to share in your mission with all our heart, will, mind and strength.
May we respond to your Spirit who calls us to reimagine our communities in the light of your grace.
And may the gospel enliven our spirits to see possibilities, to grasp opportunities and to travel in the way of Jesus.

Amen

Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair

 

 

 

Please click here to download the PDF leaflet with prayers for the week.

 

18th January 

Be light, O Lord, to our eyes, music to our ears and contentment to our heart. Be sunlight in our day, food at our table and rest to us in the night. Let us rejoice to be about your business and let us live to your praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

John Cosin (1594-1672)

 

11th January

Support us, O Lord, all the day long until the shadows lengthen, the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

 

4th January 

Lord Jesus Christ, draw our hearts to yours with a love that is irresistible; unite our hearts to yours with a love that is immeasurable, and bind our hearts to yours with a love that is inseparable; now and for ever.

Amen.

Miles Coverdale (1488-1568)

 

28th December A prayer for Love

O Lord, you have brought all your faithful people into a single, universal family, stretching across heaven and earth.   Bind us together with a spiritual love which is stronger than any human love, that in serving one another we may neither count the cost nor seek reward, but think only of the common good.

From the Mozarabic Sacramentary, 3rd century

 

A Christmas Prayer

 

 

 

21st December

Loving Lord, give us the courage to reach out in new ways with the good news of your love.
As we travel in new directions, help us to be always alert to the prompting of your Spirit, always aware of your presence and open to the needs of those we encounter on the way.
As we seek to be witnesses to your love, help us to be a blessing to all those that we meet on our journeying.

Amen.

Richard Hall, Isle of Man District Chair

14th December

Loving God, you call us to respond, to receive, and to let go, and invite us to trust your gospel call, your gospel way and your gospel life. Wherever life is full, joy is deep and grace abundant, or where these gifts are yet glimpsed and yearned for, help us to let go and to take up, to give and to receive and, in all our ventures and deliberations, to be  inspired and guided by the dying and rising of your Son, our shepherd, Saviour and companion.

Thus, may we come to rest in your eternal self-giving love, glimpsed in beauty, received in kindness, made known in fellowship with you and one another, enduring forever in our hills, valleys and dwelling places.

Amen.

James Tebbutt, Cumbria District Chair

 

7th December

Support us, O Lord, all the day long until the shadows lengthen, the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

30th November

We praise you, O loving God,
who gave your very self in human form,
your majesty born into our poverty,
your love lying in an out-house.
We thank you that, amidst Bethlehem's noisy rush,
we find in you
a focus for our activity,
a hope for you humanity,
a love for all eternity.

But we confess that
Christ's birth has gone unnoticed.
Now, as then, we have not made room
in our day to day lives.
Now, as then, we have mislaid
your message of reconciling love.
Now, as then, we have ignored
the stillness of your presence.

Gift-giving God, forgive us.
Free us from our self-centeredness.
Help us to accept your love so freely given
that we may live
as you have called us to live.

Amen.

 

23rd November

Grant us, O God, a greater obedience to your will, a more fervent love for our neighbour and a stronger thirst for your word; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

William Tyndale (c.1494-1536)

 

16th November

God of miracles and mundanity, God of divine mystery and surprising presence,
sow the seeds of your compassionate love in our lives.
God of the well-healed and the un-homed, God of the amply fed and the empty-bellied,
grow the seeds of your compassionate love in our communities.
God of the vociferous and the voiceless, God of the loved and the loveless,
may the fruitfulness of your compassionate love be known through our witness and  worship,
by our commitment to justice and our hopeful living, by our inclusive hospitality and our generous presence, that your Church may be the good news of Jesus Christ to all.

Amen.

Helen Kirk, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District Chair

 

 

9th November     Prayer for Remembrance Day

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,

and ask that God may give us peace:

for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war,

each one remembered by and known to God;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

For those who love them in death as in life,

offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day,

remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,

calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

For peacemakers and peacekeepers,

who seek to keep this world secure and free;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious;

asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace;

may God give peace.

God give peace.

 

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,

and those whose names we will never know.

Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,

and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.

As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;

for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

 

Amen.

 

2nd November 

In the service of others, make us worthy, Lord,

to serve our fellow men throughout the world

who live and die in poverty and hunger.

Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,

and by our understanding love

give peace and joy.

Amen

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

26th October

O Holy Spirit, breath of all creatures, purifier of all souls and healer of all wounds; be fire to our heart, light to our path and friend for our journey. Amen.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

 

19th October

Lord Jesus, in you we find the good news of the gospel:

Renew us through our worship of you,
Enable us to find our place in your kingdom,
Send us out as your servants,
Put us in the right place to share the good news,
Open our hearts and those of others to hear your words,
Never let us cease to proclaim your name, and
Deepen our discipleship as we continue to serve you.

In each and every way may our lives respond to you.

Amen

Paul Davis, Lancashire District Chair

12th October

A prayer for morning… and for evening

 

O God, who divides the day from the night, separate our deeds from the darkness of sin, and let us continually live in your light, reflecting in all that we do your eternal beauty.

 

O God, who gives the day for work and the night for sleep, refresh our bodies and our minds through the quiet hours of night, and let our inward eyes be directed towards you, dreaming of your eternal glory.

Amen

From the Leonine Sacramentary, 5th century

 

5th October

Merciful God, renew our hearts with the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
May we shine more brightly and share more boldly the treasure of good news through lives of radical generosity, unconditional love, faith-filled hope, merciful justice and liberating forgiveness. For your glory, we pray.

Amen.

Leslie Newton, Yorkshire North and East District Chair

 

28th September

The blessing of the night, O Lord, you have given us for rest and the gift of the day to praise your glory. Keep us each day from all sin, protect us in the hour of temptation and guide us with the light of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

John Calvin (1509-1564)

 

21st September 

Loving Lord, give us the courage to reach out in new ways with the good news of your love.
As we travel in new directions, help us to be always alert to the prompting of your Spirit, always aware of your presence and open to the needs of those we encounter on the way.
As we seek to be witnesses to your love, help us to be a blessing to all those that we meet on our journeying.

Amen.

Richard Hall, Isle of Man District Chair

14th September

Lord, you are a covenant God. Let us always remember that when we must make decisions, for ourselves or for our communities, you are central and always faithful. May we never shun you or forget your covenant with us but look for your eternal wisdom and guidance.

Amen.

Margaret Fancy, North Lancashire Circuit (Inspired by Deuteronomy 31:8)

 

7th September

God of new creation,
on the journey from caterpillar to butterfly
keep us faithful in that soupy stage
when structures fall apart.

When we have lost sight of who we were
and cannot yet grasp who we are to become
give us the courage to keep going.

Strengthen our confidence
that the new thing you desire to do in us and through us
will be full of your glory.

Amen.

Rachel Parkinson, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District Chair

 

31st August

Loving Father, what meaningful words can I say
to you when you have heard them all so many
times before?
What can I offer you when every gift I have is
already yours?
So I bow my head in reverence and silence, and
strive to meet with you, shutting out the noise and
clamour of everyday life.
And in the stillness, I wait to hear your word so that
by your grace I may journey on my way as your loyal,
humble servant.

Amen

Nancy Davis, Emmanuel Church, Eastbourne

 

24th August

Compassionate God,
Be with those who need you: the unloved;  the friendless; the oppressed, the sick; the dying; the bereaved.
Take your love where we can't, or where it won't quite reach.
Make your Spirit known in the worst places and times, so that all may benefit from the sacrifice that Jesus made for humankind.
It is in his name we pray.

Amen 

 

17th August

Receive, O Lord, every heart that desires to love you. Fill every mouth that longs to praise you and strengthen every hand that seeks to serve you; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)

 

10th August

Loving God, in Christ, you offer us a vision of
a world transformed,
where all are valued,
where your justice reigns,
where hearts are strangely warmed by your grace.
Open our hearts and minds
that we may catch your vision,
and be empowered by your Holy Spirit
to work with you,
that your will may be done on earth
as it is in heaven.

Amen.

Ian Howarth, Birmingham District Chair

 

3rd August

God of new creation,
on the journey from caterpillar to butterfly
keep us faithful in that soupy stage
when structures fall apart.

When we have lost sight of who we were
and cannot yet grasp who we are to become
give us the courage to keep going.

Strengthen our confidence
that the new thing you desire to do in us and through us
will be full of your glory.

Amen.

Rachel Parkinson, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District Chair

 

27th July

Lord, be our focus.
When transformation of this world is far from linear, let us be patient.
Where the troubles of today appear to be greater than those of yesterday, help us to pray.
When the voice of your love is muffled by our selfish ways, may we repent.

Lord, lead us.
When the chance to do what is best for your kingdom is before us, come Holy Spirit.
When making tough decisions is even harder than we imagined, give us courage.
When the future looks so different from the present, increase our faith.

Lord, bless us.
When we worship you, may we be your blessing to others.
Where we live and dwell, may we act kindly to all.
When our race is run, may others give you thanks. Amen.

Stephen Lindridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne District Chair

 

20th July

We bless your name, O God, for all your servants who have fought the fight and kept the faith. Grant us grace to follow their good examples, to continue their work and to enjoy their fellowship in the glory of your kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Hunter (1849-1917)

14th July

Forgive us, Lord, that as we grow to maturity, our faith is blighted with doubts, withered with worry, tainted with sophistication. We pray that you will make us like children again in faith – not childish, but childlike in the simplicity of a faith that is willing to trust you even though we cannot see what tomorrow will bring.

7th July

Take, Lord, and receive all my freedom, my memory, my intelligence and my will – all that I have and possess. You, Lord, have given those things to me. I now give them back to you, Lord. All belongs to you. Dispose of these gifts according to your will. I ask only for your love and your grace, for they are enough for me.

A prayer of Ignatius of Loyala (1491 – 1556)

30th June

Loving God, we respond to your amazing love by serving you in all that we do.

But sometimes we feel tired and when we do, we ask that you will refresh us.

Sometimes we feel we have let you down and when we do, we ask that you will pick us up.

Sometimes we feel we have disowned you and when we do, we ask that you will put your gentle arms of love around us.

Then, when we are refreshed, picked up and helped by you, Lord, send us out into the community to continue to serve you in response to your amazing love.

Amen.

The Revd Richard Teal

 

23rd June

You came Lord Jesus Christ

to teach us the way of life which God requires:

make us receptive to your word,

and help us to obey, whatever the cost,

that our lives may bear much fruit;

to the glory of your name.

Amen

Collects with the new Lectionary

 

16th June

Lord, forgive us when we listen, but do not hear; when we look, but do not see; and when we feel, but do not act; and by your mercy and grace draw us into the righteous deeds of your kingdom of justice and peace; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Maria Hare (1798-1870)

 

9th June

Come, Holy Spirit, and make us Pentecost people.

Let your wisdom and right judgment guide our decisions and temper our impulses.

Let knowledge and understanding increase our capacity for empathy and compassion.

Let reverence and awe fill us with gratitude and respect for all of creation.

Give us the courage to witness boldly to our faith in word and deed.

Through and with and in Jesus Christ, we pray.

Amen

 

2nd June

Lord, we pray for the spread of the gospel,

Bless those who preach, teach, heal, build, reconcile, bring hope,

that their message may be the means of salvation to those who hear:

and grant that your church may grow and increase

In the knowledge of your divine love.

Amen

Futher Everyday Prayers

 

26th May

 

All creation rejoices in your presence, O God. The sun sings your praise. The moon gives you glory. The stars proclaim your presence. The angels worship your Godhead and all humanity offers you its blessing.

 

Orthodox Blessing

19th May

Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for any reward,

Save that of knowing that we will do thy will,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Ignatius Loyola

 

12th May

Transforming God, give us your deep love and grace so that things may change around us.
As disciples of Jesus, may we sow transforming seeds of love, not of division.
May we show love and encouragement, rather than criticism and disapproval.
May we speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning and hope into hopelessness.
Amen.

Steven Wild, Cornwall District Chair

 

5th May

Christ our friend,

you ask our love in spite of our betrayal.

Give us courage to embrace forgiveness,

know you again,

and trust ourselves in you;

We pray in your name.

Amen.

 

28th April

 

Lord, create in me a love for peace;

 

not peace that is the absence of struggle,

not peace that is blind to injustice,

but peace that makes whole what now is broken.

Amen

 

 

21st April

We are often not the Easter People
that we should be,
living in the certain knowledge
of your great mercy and love.
Distracted by the world around us
we fail to hear your voice,
or hide when faith is challenged
as we wander off the path.
Forgive us, we pray;
restore the love that we first had,
a faith that can endure.
We will keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord,
and with you at our right hand
we shall not be shaken.


 

Easter Prayer

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide,
too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth
with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.
Amen.

Revd Michaela Youngson

 

13 April 2019

The crowds fill the streets as they welcome their King,

And they cut down the palm branches to wear as they sing.

His friends bring a donkey on which he can ride

While the children are walking so close by his side.

'Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!' they sing,

'Hosanna! Hosanna!' to Jesus their King.

 

6 April 2019

Lord, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to speak out for you when they don’t want to listen.
It isn’t easy to live by your story when they don’t believe it.
It isn’t easy to welcome the stranger when the unfamiliar looks frightening.
It isn’t easy to be open to others when they might change me.
It isn’t easy to follow you when you go to the wrong places.

Child, it isn’t easy.
It isn’t easy to walk with me toward Jerusalem.
It isn’t easy to trust when you want to direct.
It isn’t easy to let go when you want to grasp tightly.
It isn’t easy, but rest in me, trust my love and you will be born anew.
Lord, help me to trust you and share your love that the world may be transformed.

Ruth Gee, Connexional Ecumenical Officer, former Darlington District Chair

 

30th March 2019

 

We worship you, the one God,
the God of our forebears, who shared the gospel in far flung lands,
the God of our generation, which has struggled to maintain your mission for our time.
Move us from patronage to partnership, from tradition to innovation, as one Church in one world.
Help us to identify your way and your will so that together we may communicate the gospel to the next generation.


Amen.

Wendy Kilworth-Mason, superintendent minister, Whitehaven Circuit

 

 

23rd March 2019

Lord, we thank you for the transformation of a shrivelled seed into food or flower,
the movement of night to day and your eternal love seen in Jesus.
May we be transformed for fruitfulness,
become light for others and know that your love is broader,
higher, wider and deeper than we will ever comprehend.

Amen.

Graham Thompson, Plymouth and Exeter District Chair

 

16th March 2019

Prayer for Christchurch, New Zealand

God of peace
We pray for those caught up in the events in New Zealand, for those killed and wounded, and for those who will mourn. 
We pray for the people of the emergency services as they respond, and for community leaders and faith leaders as they work to heal broken communities. 
Soften the hearts of those who are motivated by hate and bring peace to your precious people of New Zealand. 
 
In Christ’s name.

Amen

Michaela Youngson, President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain

 

9th March 2019

God of all grace, good beyond all that is good, fair beyond all that is fair and loving beyond all that is loving; grant us to be of one mind in our faith, of one hope in our calling, and of one heart in our loving; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Dionysius of Alexandria (c.200-c.265)

1st March 2019

Bind our souls to your own, O Christ, so that we may never be separated from you.

Only in you are we fully alive, only in your light can we truly see and only in your strength can we safely pursue our way.

To you we come, O wisdom without end.

In you we rest, O mercy without limit.

Amen.

Mechtild of Magdeburg (c.1207-1282)

22nd February 2019

Lord Jesus, you call each one of us to follow you, to be your disciples and to make disciples.
You enable us to live out that discipleship as we seek to transform the lives of those whom
we meet and the communities to which we belong.
You inspire us to be agents of change and to seize the moment to proclaim your love and to
be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You challenge us to live every day for you.
May we be open to new ways and strengthened through your power.

Amen.

Paul Davis, Lancashire District Chair

 

15th February 2019

Take from us, O Lord, all sloth, love of power and idle talk.

Of your mercy grant us clarity of mind, strength of purpose and humility of heart.

Beholding our own faults let us not be the judge of others, for you alone are truly blessed, now and to the ages of ages.

Amen.

Ephrem the Syrian (306-373)

 

8th February 2019

O God of transforming love,
when I look at the news, read the papers, attend a meeting,
or look in the mirror, I wonder, “Can things ever change?”
Then I think of arrogant Joseph, flawed David, headstrong Peter,
greedy Zacchaeus and zealous Saul.
I marvel at the faith of Abraham, the devotion of Ruth, the obedience of Mary,
the scandal of the woman washing Jesus’ feet and the desperate hope of Jairus.
Then, when I watch the news, or look in the mirror, I thank you again, O God, for the
transforming power and gracious love I see in Jesus. Amen.

David Hinchliffe, Channel Islands District Chair

 

1st February 2019

Teach us, O God, to trust your providence, ordered and sure; to accept your wisdom, unerring and true; and to rejoice in your love, unbounded and eternal; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

25th January 2019

Lord, be our focus.
When transformation of this world is far from linear, let us be patient.
Where the troubles of today appear to be greater than those of yesterday, help us to pray.
When the voice of your love is muffled by our selfish ways, may we repent.

Lord, lead us.
When the chance to do what is best for your kingdom is before us, come Holy Spirit.
When making tough decisions is even harder than we imagined, give us courage.
When the future looks so different from the present, increase our faith.

Lord, bless us.
When we worship you, may we be your blessing to others.
Where we live and dwell, may we act kindly to all.
When our race is run, may others give you thanks.

Amen.

Stephen Lindridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne District Chair

 

18th January 2019

Eternal Father,

at the baptism of Jesus

you revealed him to be your Son

and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.

Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit

faithful to their calling as your people;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Methodist Worship Book

 

11th January 2019

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving us.

Thank You for sending Jesus and for the work of Your Holy Spirit in opening people’s eyes to recognise Him.

Please open our eyes and hearts afresh to Him.

Help us to truly trust Him and to be aware of the price He paid so that we can know Your peace and live with You forever.

By Daphne Kitching

 

4th January 2019

You are never tired, O Lord, of doing us good; let us never be weary of doing You service.  But as You have pleasure in the well-being of Your servants, let us take pleasure in the service of our Lord, and abound in Your work and in Your love and praise evermore.

John Wesley